Quotes by: Jackie Joyner Kersee

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We live in a world where sports have the potential to bridge the gap between racism, sexism and discrimination. The 2012 Olympic Games was a great start but hopefully what these games taught us is that if women are given an opportunity on an equal playing field the possibilities for women are endless.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Even though I'm not a competitive athlete, I have to still maintain things and try to keep myself fit because I am at that age where I need to make sure to get those regular checkups and make sure everything is in tact.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Teaching kids about health and fitness is important to me. It's about being fit for life.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Once I leave this earth, I know I've done something that will continue to help others.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
People assume that because I'm a great athlete, I can dance. But no. My rhythm is off a little bit.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
I really do miss playing basketball. I don't play a lot of pick-up games. But I do like using basketball as a form of cross training.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Winning is great, but being able to finish my last Olympic Games on American soil was very important. Even though I was injured, I didn't let my psyche get the best of me and cause me to doubt myself, so I was willing to pull every muscle in my body in '96 in order to get the job done and I came away with the bronze medal.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
The person who talks a lot or talks over people misses out because they weren't listening.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Growing up in the time of Title IX - it was passed when I was 10 - I got a front-row seat to so many great moments in women's sports. Of course I didn't know it at the time.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
My passion for giving is no different than yours. I give because it's in my heart to give. I give because I was taught to give at a very early age. This is how I developed my passion for giving.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
The 2012 London Olympic Games fostered a generation of hope. I witnessed women participating for the very first time, representing every nation.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
Ask any athlete: We all hurt at times. I'm asking my body to go through seven different tasks. To ask it not to ache would be too much.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
The London games mark the 24th anniversary of my winning two golds and setting the world record in the heptathlon. Someone is going to want it; records are made to be broken - it's only a matter of time. I hope mine will outlive me.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
There are few restrictions on your life with asthma, as long as you take care of yourself.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
I learned to listen and listen very well. It helped me athletically and in the classroom as well. The person who talks a lot or talks over people misses out because they weren't listening.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
It wasn't until I was 14 and watched the 1976 Olympic games on television that I really started to dream about the big time. I remember seeing Evelyn Ashford in the 100 meters, and she was going to UCLA.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
I learned to listen and listen very well. It helped me athletically and in the classroom as well.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
I set my sights on making an Olympic team, not realizing how tough it was going to be.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
When I was in elementary school, we weren't allowed to do sports other than cheerleading. By junior high, they let us play, but we had to come back after 6:30 p.m. to practice because there was only one gymnasium and the boys used it first.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
There are many women who came before me who didn't really have the same opportunities that I have had. That's why I always wanted to be a great ambassador - not only today's generation - but for the women who really didn't have a voice, but who paved the way for me.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
My denial and irresponsible attitude about asthma put me at great risk and caused me so much needless suffering. My hope is that the kids I talk to learn to open up about their asthma, become educated about their condition, and seek help.
Jackie Joyner Kersee
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